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Admission Requirements

The Texas Institute for Teacher Education admits highly qualified teacher candidates committed to the success of EC-12 students. Admission is available for college and university graduates, college seniors completing last-semester coursework, newly-hired teachers, and international applicants. We actively seek individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. Since schools desperately need classroom educators trained to link educational neuroscience to professional practice, our graduates are in high demand throughout the nation. Teacher candidates may enroll in the self-paced, online seminars at any time. All teacher candidates complete an online Orientation Session prior to beginning the formal seminars.

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Admission to Elementary, Middle, and All-Level Teacher Certification Programs

  1. Bilingual Education Grades EC-6

  2. Elementary Education Grades EC-6

  3. English Language Arts and Reading 4-8

  4. English Language Arts & Reading/Social Studies 4-8

  5. English as a Second Language Education Grades EC-12

  6. Math Education Grades 4-8

  7. Middle Level Education Grades 4-8

  8. Science Education Grades 4-8

  9. Social Studies Education Grades 4-8

  10. Special Education Grades EC-12

Applicants who select this route complete the graduate seminars while enrolled in the Professional Practicum (employed as a "Teacher of Record" for one academic year) or Clinical Teacher Practicum (student teacher for 14 weeks). Teacher candidates admitted to these programs may earn concurrent certification in general, bilingual/ESL, and special education areas, if desired.

Admission to Secondary Teacher Certification Programs

  1. English Language Arts and Reading 7-12

  2. Math Education Grades 7-12

  3. Science Education Grades 7-12

  4. Special Education Grades EC-12

The Secondary Teacher Certification Programs require the applicant to present a passing score on the Pre-Admission Content Test (PACT) required for the intended certification area. Additionally, applicants must have 15 credit hours within the desired field. Applicants who select this route complete the graduate seminars while enrolled in the Professional Practicum (employed as a "Teacher of Record" for one academic year) or Clinical Teacher Practicum (student teacher for 14 weeks). Teacher candidates admitted to these programs earn certification in the area of their TExES examination as well as Special Education and English as a Second Language.

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To be considered for unconditional admission, domestic applicants must submit the following items:
  • Two Letters of Professional Reference (Applicants will receive a confirmation email with embedded links to the reference database. Simply forward the links to prospective references for completion/submission).
  • An official transcript(s) indicating the receipt of a Bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 for the undergraduate degree or a 2.50 GPA for the last sixty hours earned prior to receiving the conferred degree. Prospective program candidates who have completed graduate coursework must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Exceptions to the GPA requirement may be granted based upon mitigating factors, e.g., full-time employment while completing degree. This exception to the minimum GPA requirement will be granted by the program director only in extraordinary circumstances and may not be used by a program to admit more than 10% of any cohort of candidates. Additionally, the applicant with a cumulative GPA less than 2.50 must perform at a satisfactory level on an appropriate content matter examination (PACT) in which the applicant seeks certification prior to admission.

Prospective teacher candidates who submit all items are officially invited to interview with the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee either denies or grants admission to the applicant. Applicants denied admission are encouraged to reapply once any deficiencies are removed. Prior to issuing standard teaching certificates, the Texas State Board for Educator Certification conducts a state and national criminal history check on all applicants.

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Prospective program candidates may be accepted by The Texas Institute for Teacher Education on a contingency basis pending receipt of an official transcript showing degree conferred provided that:

  1. The candidate is currently enrolled in and expects to complete the courses and other requirements for obtaining a baccalaureate degree at the end of the semester in which admission to the program is sought.
  2. All program admission requirements have been met.
  3. A candidate admitted on a contingency basis may begin program training, but shall not be approved to take a certification examination nor shall not be recommended for a probationary certificate until the candidate has been awarded a baccalaureate degree.
  4. The contingency admission will be valid for only the semester for which the contingency admission was granted and may not be extended for another semester.

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Provide proof of oral English language proficiency by having a score of 26 on the speaking section of the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) test; Graduates from foreign universities/colleges must submit an original Foreign Credential Review from one of the following TEA Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Services.

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A late hire for a teaching position shall complete 30 clock-hours of field-based experience as well as 80 clock-hours of initial training within 90 school days of assignment. Under this stipulation, late hires must successfully complete ME 531 and ME 532 within 90 days of the hire date.

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